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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · After the Liberian government ordered a quarantine of one of the poorest neighborhoods in its capital, Monrovia, residents there woke up to find themselves cut off from the rest of the city by security forces. By midday, the neighborhood was in riot.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Nov 6, 2007 — Blue-collar eccentrics and genial misfits populate Thomaston, New York, the ailing industrial town in Bridge of Sighs. The novel is Richard Russo's first since his Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls.
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Oct 12, 2007 — Richard Russo's novel, Bridge of Sighs, is a story about unexceptional people in an unexceptional upstate New York town. Maureen Corrigan says the novel is pound-for-pound the best new fiction on shelves today. Russo won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Empire Falls, a story about the relationships between people in a small town in Maine.
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Oct 1, 2007 — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo knows small towns well. He writes about them and grew up in one. His new novel, Bridge of Sighs, captures the dilemma of leaving — or staying in — a small town like his own.
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